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2014 NEPCA Conference

Proposals are now being accepted for NEPCA's 2014 conference at Providence College, which convenes October 24-25. 2014. Click on FALL CONFERENCE tab for full information. Scroll down to "How Do I Submit a Proposal"

Rollins Prize

NEPCA is now accepting nominations from publishers for the best work in popular and/or American culture published in 2102. Click on the NEPCA Prizes tab above for details.

Important Dates

June 1: Books to be considered for the Rollins Prize must be received by this date.

June 13: Last day to submit conference paper proposals.

July 31: Last day to submit items for NEPCA News.

August 30: Lat day for pre-registrants to be listed in program.

October 10: Last day mail-in registrations can be processed in time for the conference.

October 24-25: 2014 Fall Conference.

NEPCA’s 2014Fall Conference

NEPCA will meet on the campus of Providence College in Providence, RI October 24-25, 2014.

For conference information, click on the FALL CONFERENCE tab above. This will take you to a page where you find all the materials you need. Scroll down to “How Do I Submit a Proposal?”  

Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry Vol. 8 2014 – Conference and Publication

The  Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies announces that the 8th edition of Celebrity Culture and Social Inquiry has been published.
You may now access the newsletter for printing or review here.

Andi McClanahan Profiled

Check out the story that recently appeared on our colleague, Executive Council member, and all ’round good friend Andi McClanahan: http://thestroudcourier.com/2014/11/22/esu-professor-takes-an-active-role-in-understanding-pop-culture/

Call for Journal Article Submissions: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Manga, and the World of Sequential Art

CALL FOR JOURNAL ARTICLES The Middle Ground Journal ongoingbforum on:

The Sequential World: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Manga, and the World of Sequential Art

Editors: Dr. Maryanne Rhett and Dr. Hong-Ming Liang

Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and a vast array of other forms of sequential art pervade the world around us, but are only just recently being recognized for the their academic qualities, especially in the field of World History. In this forum we hope to discuss ways in which sequential art can better be used to explore themes of World History, engage students in the topics of World History, or elaborate to a non-academic audience the need for a global approach to history

The MGJ  welcomes articles on teaching and pedagogical uses of sequential art in the classroom, academic research related to graphic novels, comics, etc. particularly as they reflect a global perspective.

Please study the submission guidelines before submitting, see http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm?cat=4&art=15  Submissions should be sent to the forum’s Coordinating Editor Maryanne Rhett, mrhett@monmouth.edu , and the Chief Editor, HM Liang,hliang@css.edu

This on-going forum will consist of three types of contributions:
• Research Articles (5,000-7,000 words)
• Case Studies (3,000-4,000 words)
• Book Reviews (800-1,000 words)

For research articles and case studies: please send max. 300-word abstracts, together with one-page CVs, to the Coordinating and the Chief Editors. For book reviews please send max. 150-word abstracts, together with one-page CVs, to both editors. Please email all contributions for the initial installment of the forum by January 30, 2015. The final articles will be due April 30, 2015.

The Middle Ground Journal is an open-access, refereed journal of world history and global studies housed at The College of St. Scholastica and published by the Midwest World History Association (MWWHA), an affiliate of the World History Association (WHA). We do not charge fees any type to our authors, readers and reviewers. Additional information on the journal is available at:https://www.facebook.com/middlegroundjournal  and at: http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/HIS/historyjournal/index.cfm
General inquiries on the journal should be sent to Professor Hong-Ming Liang, Chief Editor, HLIANG@CSS.EDU

Publishing Opp for Foodies

CFP: Food Issue of European Journal of American Culture

For this issue we seek diverse perspectives that investigate the joys and sorrows of food within United States populations that have been influenced and/or impacted Europe. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary papers that draw from cinema, music, document, visual and material culture, history, literature, philosophy, and mass media.

The European Journal of American Culture (EJAC) is an academic, refereed journal for scholars, academics and students from many disciplines with a common involvement in the interdisciplinary study of America and American culture, drawing on a variety of approaches and encompassing the whole evolution of the country. Please consult the website for more information: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=138/

Articles should be 6,000 to 8,000 words, inclusive of endnotes. EJAC uses Harvard style. We can include unlimited black-and-white images and figures. If it is essential that your image or images be in color, please notify us. Please submit an abstract by January 1, 2015 to the editors below.  Manuscripts will be due on March 31, 2015.

Caryn E. Neumann, Miami University, 4200 North University Blvd, Middletown, OH 45042 neumance@miamioh.edu

Jennifer P. Yamashiro, Miami University, 1600 University Boulevard, Hamilton, OH 45011 yamashjp@miamioh.edu

CFP: Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC) 5th Annual Conference, May 7-9, 2015

Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC)

5th Annual Conference, May 7-9, 2015

Five Years of Keeping the Ideas Flowing

 

The Fifth Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Canada will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada from Thursday, May 7 to Saturday, May 9, 2015.

We invite proposals for papers and/or panels on theories of popular culture, research methods in popular culture, the teaching of popular culture, forms and genres of popular culture, and any epiphenomena of popular culture, past or present. We also invite presentation and exhibition proposals from visual and multimedia artists whose work engages with popular culture.

We share an interdisciplinary vision of this association. Many of our members come from the humanities and social sciences but we are interested in featuring papers from a wide variety of disciplines and cross-disciplinary perspectives. We welcome faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and independent scholars as well as other professionals with a critical interest in popular culture.

Our broad definition of popular culture encompasses communicative texts, practices and experiences, mediated and unmediated, contemporary and historical, Canadian and non-Canadian (including the local and the global).

Single paper proposals should consist of a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a list of keywords or key phrases (maximum 5), and should be accompanied by a brief biographical note of 100 words or less. Panel proposals should include all of the above information for each presenter, plus a proposed title for the panel and a brief rationale. Proposals from visual and multimedia artists should consist of a title, an artist’s statement and rationale of no more than 300 words, and a sample of the work(s) specified. For more information visit us at www.canpop.ca

The deadline for proposals is January 9, 2015. The conference organizers will endeavour to contact all potential participants by February 2015.

Please send proposals, requests for information, or any press/media inquiries, to the conference committee at: conference@canpop.ca

Lovely Note from Lisa Silvestri

Ever wonder if giving a paper at NEPCA does any professional good? We won’t kid you–the job market is very tough–but sometimes good things happen to good people. At NEPCA’s 2013 conference, then graduate student Lisa Silvestri delivered a paper titled “Social Media at War: Shining, Happy People Holding Guns.” It was so good we awarded Lisa the prize for the best graduate student paper delivered at the conference.But wait! There’s more. Here’s an excerpt (used with Lisa’s permission) of a lovely and gracious note she sent to Amos St. Germain, who chaired the prize committee:

Dear Amos:
Thank you for the note! I have been on a dead sprint since August. I began a new job at Gonzaga University- I am an Assistant Professor in their Communication Studies Dept. So far, so good. I am really enjoying Spokane, WA. My first experience with the Pacific Northwest. It really is as beautiful as they say.
I want to apologize profusely for missing the conference. I am so proud of that award. It gave me the confidence to share my work more broadly. I want you to know that that paper turned into an article for Visual Comm Quarterly and I have a book contract with Kansas Press for my book, Friended at the Front: Social Media and 21st Century War, to be published in the fall of 2015. I think it really all started with that award and the courage it instilled in me. It made me feel like my project is worthy and my voice is valuable. Thank you so much for the support.

 

Job Posting: Springfield College American Literature

Springfield College invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of American Literature in the Department of Humanities. Tine College Is seeking candidates with experience teaching pre-Civil War American literature with additional expertise in diverse literatures and film studies. A strong commitment to equity, diversity and student success is required. Responsibilities Include teaching four courses per semester including first-year writing.

Successful candidates must have an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution and demonstrate excellence in teaching. ABDs will be considered. Initial review of applications will begin November 14, 2014 with an employment date of August, 2015. Applicants should send a letter of interest, a statement of teaching and research philosophy, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for 3-5 professional references to: Dr. Anne Herzog, Dean, School of Arts, Sciences, and Professional Studies, Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109.

E-materials accepted at asps@sprlngfieldcollege.edu.

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